BREAKING: British Prime Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus
On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a video statement on Twitter that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Johnson will now be self-isolating and working at home and via video in order to fight the pandemic.
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
In the video, Johnson announced his symptoms, which included the main indicators of the Chinese coronavirus, “a temperature and a persistent cough.” Although his symptoms were “mild,” the chief medical officer advised Johnson to get tested. After testing positive, Johnson has decided to work from home and, through video and “the wizardry of modern technology,” to continue communicating with his team and leading the fight against the virus.
Johnson’s message concluded:
“We will get through it. And the way we will get through it is, of course, by applying the measures that you’ve heard so much about. And the more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this epidemic and the faster we’ll bounce back. Thank you to everybody who is doing what I’m doing and working from home to stop the spread of the virus from household to household. That’s the way we’re going to win, we’re going to beat it, and we’re going to beat it together. Stay at home and protect the NHS and save lives.”
This comes four days after Johnson ordered a virtual shutdown of the United Kingdom.